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Syed Badli lists out alleged instances of nepotism in Selangor PKR

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Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman, who last week resigned as the Selangor PKR Youth secretary in protest of what he claimed was nepotism by the state leadership, has listed out such alleged instances.

An instance, he said, was the ongoing appointments of local councillors which he claimed was chosen from among those close to the Selangor PKR leadership even though they had no party positions.

"For example, an individual who was sworn in as a local councillor last week had not party positions at the branch level and was only working as the personal assistant to a minister.

"In another instance, another individual who is the special officer to a minister was made a local councillor.

"These are examples of cronyism being practised by certain leaders," he said in a statement today.

He also claimed that another local councillor was the brother-in-law of a Selangor PKR leader.

"A number of individuals who are close to the same leaders were also appointed as local councillors even though they have only registered as PKR members for less than a year,' he said.

Likewise, Syed Badli claimed that PKR branches were not consulted on various political appointments.

"More serious are branch chiefs who are not called to give their input at all because they were categorised as being opponents (of the Selangor PKR leadership)," he said.

Syed Badli said while the state leadership had stressed the need for sufficient qualification and education level for such appointments, he claimed some with only SPM or Form Three qualification could be appointed.

He also denied that his open dissent was due to not being made a local councillor.

Syed Badli said while he is qualified, he was not out to gain positions, having been with PKR for 14 years, including during tough times.

PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar had last Friday dismissed claims of nepotism in Selangor PKR.

However, PKR's Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul said the Selangor government's reputation was at stake and urged for an investigation.

Syed Badli announced his resignation from Selangor PKR Youth last Friday. However, he remains the PKR Youth deputy secretary at the central level.

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